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Principal function(s): Game apps
Prodigy is an online, role-playing game designed to help children practice and improve their maths and English. In the game, students create a wizard character and embark on an adventure by solving maths and English problems to defeat monsters and earn rewards. Prodigy covers mathematical topics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and geometry, as well as many grammar topics regarding English. The game adjusts to the player's level and progress, making it a personalized learning experience.
Evaluation: A tool that uses online games to make learning maths fun and entertaining, to which English is now added. Prodigy can be used as a complementary resource to make the learning process engaging for younger students. It can prove valuable when used for 20 to 30 minutes a day, although it may be problematic to uncritically gamify students’ learning process, as it may even promote video game addiction and little focus on real learning. Prodigy provides reliable research articles assessing its positive impact on students’ language learning process. It can be used in different ways by teachers, students, and also parents.
Cost: Free + premium plans available
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Modern, intuitive, easy-to-use
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Medium. There is a lot of playing and not that many English or maths exercises, but it still might be a useful complementary tool.
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
High. Prodigy collects various types of user data, such as name, grade and location. It also collects different types of cookies that are used for specific purposes, among which marketing its products. However, Prodigy does not use personal information collected from students for target advertising and does not allow third-party targeted advertising providers to place cookies on or collect information. Prodigy mentions several security measures, among which is encryption. Prodigy acknowledges users’ rights to access, modify or delete their personal data. Prodigy states compliance with the GDPR. See more here and here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes. The game starts where it was left the previous time.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Users can tailor their avatars and choose their school grade and thus expected level of proficiency in English and maths.
No installation is required, but a user account is, although this process is very simple and does not require any verification and so on.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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